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NMSU chemistry alumna to give talk about using lasers to study materials

Heather D. Whitley, alumna of New Mexico State University’s Chemistry Department, will give a talk about how scientists use lasers to study materials on Tuesday, March 27, at 4 p.m. in Chemistry Building, Room 153.


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Heather Whitley is a 2002 graduate of NMSU's Chemistry Department. Tuesday, March 27, she will give a talk about how large lasers are used to study materials. (Courtesy Photo)

The event, which is free and open to the public, will wrap up the day which she will also spend time with students and faculty sharing her expertise as part of the College of Arts and Sciences “Alumni Connections” series.

Whitley, who grew up in Roswell and Silver City, New Mexico, received the 2011 Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering (PECASE).

Her research focuses on the density of various plasmas. She conducts experiments using many-body simulations to understand the properties of matter, ranging from super fluids to plasmas. She also develops new models to describe plasmas and conducts experiments to test those models.

Whitley graduated from NMSU in 2002 and went on to the University of California – Berkeley to obtain her doctorate in theoretical chemistry. She graduated in 2007.

Shortly after graduating from UC – Berkeley, Whitley was hired onto the Design Physics Division in the Weapons and Complex Integration at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, California, where she is currently a group leader.